Street Watch is a community-led initiative based upon regulated, civilian street patrols and whose members are citizens with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a list of volunteers and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.
Volunteers must patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a specific website that the neighbourhood policing team can look at prior to the patrols taking place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they are asked to report it to the police but not get involved.
A short training session is provided followed by six weekly meetings with a neighbourhood sergeant. Members of the neighbourhood policing team or a senior volunteer go out on the first patrol with new volunteers.
Volunteers are asked to carry a mobile phone with them at all times. The Street Watch scheme has protocols in place and insurance is provided for volunteers over 18 years of age. The appetite for Street Watch is growing, with schemes operating in many of the larger forces.
West Midlands Police currently have schemes on Birmingham East and Solihull. More details can be found by contacting your local neighbourhood team.
Street Watch video
Watch the following video to learn more about Street Watch and the people who have got involved in it. [ VIEW ]